No matter what you’re doing, it helps to set a definite goal, not just a fuzzy idea. Ensure your goal is SMART. Use the acronym to check your goal is smart, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
Specific – what exactly do you want to achieve? Is it to run 10km, fit into a size 8, do 30 pushups or reduce waist circumference?
Measureable – ensure your goal is measurable. How else will you know if you’ve achieved it?
Attainable – is it possible? If your goal is to look like Miranda Kerr, perhaps you need a new goal….
Realistic – Are you committed enough to accomplish a half-marathon or should you aim for something smaller first?
Timely – every goal needs a time frame. Otherwise it’s too easy to get sidetracked and feel like you aren’t getting anywhere.
Write down your goal and include how you’ll measure it, any milestones you need to accomplish on your way to success and your deadline. Keep it somewhere visible where you’ll be reminded each day.